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Big Sky Shift Flights From Seattle To Portland  
User currently offlineLeneld From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 606 posts, RR: 1
Posted (9 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 3337 times:

Big Sky Airlines shifting service to PDX
Billings, Mont.-based Big Sky Airlines announced it will shift some service from Seattle to Portland in February.


The airline, a subsidiary of MAIR Holdings Inc., announced plans for two nonstop flights each business day from Moses Lake, Wash., to Portland and one nonstop from Moses Lake to Boise, idaho. The Moses Lake flights currently go through Seattle.

An increase in operating costs at Sea-Tac Airport in 2004, as well as factors including congestion and inclement weather, drove the company to find a different hub, according to a report in the Columbia Basin Herald.

"We don't operate large aircraft, so we kind of end up getting parked wherever no one else is parked," Big Sky spokesman Craig Denney told the Herald.

The company expects weather conditions at PDX to be more conducive for landing its aircraft -- a fleet of 19-seat Fairchild Metros.

Big Sky Airlines partners with Alaska/Horizon Airlines, Northwest Airlines and America West Airlines and currently serves 18 cities in Montana, North Dakota, Washington and Idaho.





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User currently offlineWedgetail737 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 5912 posts, RR: 6
Reply 1, posted (9 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 3293 times:
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Could this be a bad move for Moses Lakes pax since Seattle is the largest of the airports and have the greatest connection opportunities?

User currently offlineM404 From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 2226 posts, RR: 5
Reply 2, posted (9 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 3294 times:
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I wonder if feed to the PDX-NRT NW flt is part of the reason.


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User currently offlineLeneld From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 606 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (9 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 3289 times:

This might be wishful thinking... I wonder if other airlines will follow Big sky airlines and shift somes flights to PDX because of the high operation cost at Sea/tac in the future since it's only going to get worst once the new runway is operating?

User currently offlineLeneld From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 606 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (9 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 3267 times:

Actually, I thought the announcement sounded strange considering that Seattle has better connection and options than Portland, but were not aware of where passengers from Moses lake area flies mostly to, and maybe Portland can accomodate the present needs for those passengers with it existing services.

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